Christo Brehm, Professional Counselor Associate, Eugene, Oregon (# R7563)
Services: I offer counseling and psychotherapy, in-person in Eugene and via Online Video (telehealth) throughout Oregon. My work integrates contemplative, mindfulness-based, and somatic (body-oriented) methods and approaches. I mostly work with individual adults but also enjoy working with teens and with family units (such as adult-child + parent combos), who are aiming to heal and deepen their relationships. When working with parents of young kids, I may integrate basic instruction in Child Centered Play Therapy into our sessions to support and strengthen the vital parent-child attachment bond.
Approach to Therapy: I tend to view common symptoms, such as depression and anxiety, as understandable and even well-intentioned instinctual responses to traumatic experiences, developmental trauma (aka cPTSD), long-term internal or external stress, and experiences of relational misattunement (my nice way to to say it). I’m also extremely curious about the ways we seem to inherit survival and coping strategies from previous generations, which were probably very adaptive and important at the time, but which often no longer serve us and may have become quite harmful. At the same time, I hold tremendous trust in the innate, organic wisdom of each human person to move toward healing, restore balance, and to integrate and realize the full potential we are capable of.
Payment and Insurance: I accept private cash payment and directly bill Oregon Health Plan (OHP) insurance. If you have other insurance plans with out-of-network benefits, you may be eligible for reimbursement, including commercial health insurance and motor vehicle accident (MVA) plans. You are welcome to use your Health Savings Account (HSA) or Flexible Spending Account (FSA) for significant tax savings. My rates range from $100 to $180 depending on services.
Biography: I am a nationally Board-Certified (NBCC) Professional Counselor Associate, registered with the Oregon Board of Licensed Professional Counselors and Therapists (OBLPCT). I completed my 3-year Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at George Fox University and am a graduate of the 2-year Hakomi Method training through Mindful Experiential Therapy Approaches (M.E.T.A.), now organized as the Hakomi Institute of the Pacific Northwest. I completed my Clinical Internship at the Center for Community Counseling in Eugene, Oregon. I am currently a student in the 3-year Somatic Experiencing™ Practitioner (SEP) professional training program and participate in regular clinical supervision with Suzie Wolfer, LCSW, SEP (owner of Oregon Somatic Therapy in Portland). I am also a Certified Breema® Bodywork Practitioner and integrate the spirit of Breema’s Nine Principles into both my talk therapy practice and personal life: body comfortable, no extra, firmness and gentleness, full participation, mutual support, no judgment, single moment - single activity, and no hurry - no pause.
Before coming into the field of counseling and psychotherapy, I enjoyed a diverse career in landscape architecture and urban and regional planning, including work with local and state governments, academic research, and as a private practice consultant, working on projects throughout the U.S. and overseas. I hold a Bachelors in Planning, Public Policy and Management and a Master of Landscape Architecture degree from the University of Oregon's School of Architecture and Allied Arts. Prior to that, during the late 1990s and early 2000s, I worked as a Residential Counselor with teens and adults with intellectual and mental health disabilities and ran a three-county Section 8 (low-income) housing program. I've come full circle in my career you might say!
I have lived in Eugene and the Willamette Valley, Oregon since 2002. I grew up in Boise, Idaho and as an adult, have had connections to Virginia, New Mexico, New York, California, and Maine. My wife and I are proud parents of twin daughters and share all kinds of adventures together. When I’m not practicing therapy or out getting into trouble, I enjoy construction and home renovation projects, native landscaping, connecting with family and friends, and growing delicious food in our garden.